I have been receiving multiple requests to address this problem. If you sense your baby is not “holding” you with his or her legs and arms, I strongly suggest that you have your baby evaluated by a pediatric physical therapist. This is generally a sign that your child is over using extension in his or her movement patterns. Other signs for this:
–arms stay pulled back and high, even in sitting
–unable to roll or “flips” to roll
–not grabbing feet after about 5 months old
–when on tummy, looks like he or she is “swimming” on tummy with arms and legs held up
This is a partial list. Please send me an email and we can talk further. Generally, this needs to be addressed by someone who can teach you how to hold and carry your baby. For now, try these things:
–carry your baby in a “ball” by curling feet toward hands
–place baby on his or her back and bring feet toward their hands to play peek a boo between his or her feet
–place your child in side lying to play (even if older). This will help bring arms together more.
These are just a few tips. More can be found under the gross motor activity pages for rolling, tummy time, and sitting games.
For more ideas on ways to play with your child, click HERE for available books.